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Marjo Bernay, Veteran Art Directors Guild Exec, Dies at 79


He was “a special voice who spoke the truth for power in our industry.”
Marjo Bernay, a longtime executive with the Art Directors Guild, died of a heart attack in Los Angeles on Sunday. She was 79 years old.

Following the leadership of his father, Joseph Burnay, he started as a business agent for painters and matte artists (local 790) and set designers and model makers (local 847) from 1979 until he merged with ADG in 2008 Not done.

He was also a trading agent for Story Analysts (Local 854) before retiring from ADG as Manager of Awards and Programs in 2013.


“Today we remember Marjo Bern as a special voice who spoke true to power in our industry,” said ADG national executive director Chuck Parker. “In a sense, Marjo has left us.

But in another sense, he is still here, because he has touched and influenced so many of us – peers and superiors, women and men, everyone greeted him warmly and whose voice he heard on the phone recognized. His soul lives in our collective hearts and actions today and every day. ”


Bernay was also a former Trustee of the Set Designers Council and a member of the ADG Board of Directors.

He was appointed by various elected officials for the California Film Commission, the Los Angeles Film Development Committee, and the Los Angeles County Film Commission. She also worked as a trustee of the motion picture industry pension and health schemes, where she was the first woman from Labor to preside over the health plan.

Over the years, Bern worked closely with his sister Casey, who remains with the ADG as director of education and special projects. He is also survived by his brother, Mark, and brother-in-law, Dennis.


Donations in his memory may be sent to the Lang Foundation for animal rescue, care and placement.

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